Saved from a brush with death

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 09:28 20/02/2014

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Quick-thinking lifeguards at a Porirua pool brought a man back to life after he was found floating face down in the water.

A man aged in his 70s was last night at Wellington Hospital in a serious condition after a brush with death yesterday morning.

Four lifeguards at the Arena Aquatic Centre attached to Te Rauparaha arena found the man floating face-down in the main pool around 10am.

Lifeguard Seth Forbes, 19, earned his stripes on Paekakariki Beach and said his training "clicked in to place" as he performed CPR on the man for eight minutes.

The gravity of what he had done did not kick in until about five hours later.

"It felt pretty weird to see him come back to life but it felt pretty good too," he said.

The team rescued him from the water and checked his vital signs but found he was already dead, Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman Daniel Paul said.

The ambulance was called while CPR was performed on the lifeless man. They managed to restore his pulse and he was picked up by ambulance who hooked into breathing support and rushed him to hospital.

The lifeguards had managed to revive the man to life thanks to their CPR efforts, Mr Paul said.

Te Rauparaha manager Willy Taurima said the rescue was "very emotional and dramatic" but the guards stayed composed under pressure and were able to return, fully focussed to their posts when the pool re-opened half an hour later.

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- The Dominion Post

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